At some point in every girl’s life, she realizes “pretty.” Life halts in its tracks; from this point on, she can never be sexless. She starts learning the game: that her body is a resumé (or a barrier). This change leads to a childhood vanished; a motherhood not lived, but spent pursuing a pre-pregnancy physical state; an identity stifled for the sake of the male gaze, which was never asked for.
Women can be happy in a way that’s not society’s definition of “a happy woman.” It’s not just about feeling sexy or physically beautiful—it’s about feeling like so much more than that.
Amy Liu is a 16-year-old student from Houston, Texas. She is a dedicated journalist and pianist, besides being an artist. Although her foundations lie in photorealism, she hopes to drive her artwork in a more modern, abstract direction and to experiment with sculpting.